BERLIN — Local thesp Franka Potente, Chinese actress Bai Ling and Dutch producer/Fortissimo Films co-chair Wouter Barendrecht have joined the Berlin Film Festival jury, organizers announced Thursday.
Fest’s seven-member international panel, which bestows the Golden and Silver Bears, also includes Italian fashion guru Nino Cerruti, Lithuanian actress Ingeborga Dapkunaite and Russian writer Andrei Kurkov.
Making an international splash with her role in Tom Tykwer’s 1998 pic “Run Lola Run,” Potente has become one of Germany’s busiest actresses. After appearing in “The Bourne Identity” and “The Bourne Supremacy,” Potente is set to appear next in Steven Soderbergh’s “Che.”
Ling appeared in “Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow,” and last year’s Berlinale contender “The Beautiful Country” and stars in this year’s Panorama screener “Dumplings,” which won her China’s Golden Horse Award for supporting actress.
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A leading expert on world cinema, Barendrecht has served as an adviser to numerous festivals and has headed the Hong Kong Asian Film Financing Forum. His productions include “The Goddess of 1967,” “Party Monster,” “Bear’s Kiss” and Peter Greenaway’s trilogy “The Tulse Luper Suitcases.”
Cerruti, founder of the Cerruti 1881 fashion label, has long dressed stars such as Anita Ekberg in “La dolce vita,” Harrison Ford in “Air Force One” and Tom Cruise in “Eyes Wide Shut.”
Dapkunaite, who appeared in “25 degres en hiver” (25 Degrees in Winter) in last year’s Berlinale competition, has appeared in “Burnt by the Sun,” “Mission: Impossible” and “Seven Years in Tibet.”
Kiev-based Kurkov, a screenwriter and cinematographer, wrote award-winning novel “Picknik on the Ice,” about changing society in post-Soviet Russia; it was translated into 22 languages. Kurkov also has penned more than 20 screenplays including 1997’s “A Friend of the Deceased.”
Roland Emmerich is jury president.
Awards for the 55th Berlinale’s top films will be made at the closing ceremony at the Berlinale Palast on Feb. 19. The fest will run Feb. 10-20.